Paarl - With the dust settling after a successful Berg River Canoe
Marathon, attention is shifting to a brand new race being organised on the Berg
River that runs through Paarl and the Swartland from August 9-11.
Called the Bamboo Warehouse Push and Pull Paddle, the three-day event is being
organised by two Stellenbosch University students keen to offer canoeists a
Berg race experience that is designed to appeal to paddlers on a number of
"This is a lifestyle sporting event and offers a total package that has
three days of paddling, all meals, accommodation in a tented race village at
every overnight stop and lots of fun entertainment and activities," said
co-organiser Alan Houston.
"With the support of Bamboo Warehouse we have gone to a lot of trouble to
make sure that it is very good value for money, as we recognise that everyone
is looking for value-for-money right now," he added.
The 16 kilometre first stage will start at the Val de Vie Estate and finish at
the Berg River Brewery in Paarl, where up-marketed tents and hot showers will
be available before paddlers enjoying craft beer and wine tasting, hot dinner
and live music.
Day Two will take the paddlers 35 kilometres downstream to the overnight at
Blou Porselein Guest Farm where another tented race village with a local craft
market and entertainment from DJs and live bands will be laid on for the
The final stage is deliberately short, covering 15 kilometres to Delsma, where
prize giving and lunch will conclude the event.
"We understand that everyone has families to get back to and other
responsibilities, so we hope to be finished with the prize giving at
lunch-time," Houston added.
"The event is open to K1 and K2 paddlers, as we believe it is perfectly
paddleable in a K2," he added. "Anyone keen to enter a K3 is very
welcome as well!"
The race has a strict cap of 200 participants as their capacity is defined by
the tented village they have organised. "We also want to make sure that we
don't compromise on the quality of the experience of every single
entrant," Houston added.
The organisers have been surprised by the take-up of their premium entry that
secured an individual tent with fresh linen and personalised craft beer and
wine tasting at the overnight stops.
"We want to make the most of the fact that we are in a really special part
of the country and to create opportunities to experience what the Drakenstein
and Swartland areas have to offer," he said.
Day One will feature a Paarl Web Design hotspot prize at the portage around the
weir below Market Street Bridge in Paarl, while just after the start of Day Two
a fun hotspot at the Dal Josephat weir will offer the first paddler in each
batch a Gara paddle.
Normal entries for the event are set to close on July 13.